The decision of the HR manager to reject a potential candidate who sent a text-speaking message “Thx 4 the Iview!” can seem radical, but, in my opinion, it is justified. Text-speaking is an informal way of communication that is characterized by excessive use of shortened words, abbreviations, and neglect of grammar and spelling that was initially created in order to save time.
Text-speaking in the workplace conveys a message that the texter did not have enough time or did not care enough to spell all of the words properly. In the business environment, time is a valuable resource, so an expressive demonstration of one’s own shortage of time to text to an HR manager shows a disparaging attitude towards them and their time.
Maintaining subordination in the workplace, especially during recruitment, is exceedingly important, as it demonstrates the candidate’s professionalism. Texting in a formal environment, such as the workplace, as any other way of communication, requires politeness and tactfulness.
It does not condition the style of interaction – it conditions its format, such as conciseness and being straight to the point. However, it is paramount to always keep in mind the addressee and not switch between informal and formal ways of communication.
Thus, sending text messages to the recruiters can pose a challenge, as it can become a way of checking the candidate’s work ethics and professionalism. Although informal writing has sneaked into all parts of our day-to-day life, the disregard for the conventions of speech and writing can come across as a lack of care and respect.
During the recruitment process, the HR specialist is likely to judge the style prior to the substance. Following a proper dress code for a job interview goes without saying; the same principle should be applied to the tone of speech that is chosen to communicate with the people at the workplace.